by Teel McClanahan III, Copyright © 2002-2010
A SciFi/Fantasy novel
From the back cover:True Love. No limits, no obstacles, no miscommunications. Only Love.
“Give up, let go, leave everything behind, follow your passions, and remember how to fly, and everything you’ve ever dreamed of can be yours.”
–That’s how this story goes. There’s no arch villain, no dark conspiracy, not even a comedy of errors. This story goes straight to the heart of happily ever after and, like true love, it never strays.
The Director’s Cut of Lost and Not Found begins where one person reaches that point of “enough is enough,” stops playing by the rules, and starts following his heart. Leaving behind everything that led to his decision, and restoring parts of the story that had once been left on the cutting-room floor, it delivers a new experience whether you’ve read the other editions or not.
In these pages you’ll find a faerie, a two-headed monster, titans young and old, a flying city, amazing museums, unusual time mechanics, and many more wonders as they’re discovered by two people in love. This cut of the book was made for the lovers and the dreamers out there.
About the Director’s Cut:
Lost and Not Found was the first look at the storybook universe expanded upon in Forget What You Can’t Remember, More Lost Memories, and Cheating, Death. This “Director’s Cut” of Lost and Not Found comes closer to my original intent, and to the original first draft of my 2002 NaNoWriMo novel, originally released in limited edition under the title Forlorn. Forlorn was written in the final 8 days of November, after a similar ordeal to the fictional one presented in Lost and Not Found.
In response to the criticism and feedback from a very vocal and adamant subset of the people who read Forlorn, and based on advise about what “all” fiction “needs” I spent the following year trying to find ways to give the story I’d written in Forlorn things like conflict, character arcs, and a three-act structure. I ended up cutting Skythia out completely, and writing a significant amount about the writer’s life and the journey toward the heart of the story, which I’ve always believed starts with the word ‘Forlorn.’
I released the First Edition of that expanded, “fixed” book as Lost and Not Found in 2004, and I’ve been receiving two kinds of feedback from readers in the five years since then: One group of people liked the book right up until the word ‘Forlorn.’ This group thinks the rest of the book is a “wrong turn”, and they were disappointed by it. The other group of people typically don’t even remember what happened in the book before the word ‘Forlorn.’ They understood the heart of the story to be the same thing I did, and they loved it.
This “Director’s Cut” of Lost and Not Found is bound to divide readers in the same way, though I expect to a more significant extreme. The people who would have been disappointed by the end of Lost and Not Found will be disappointed by this entire book. The people who would have loved the end of Lost and Not Found will probably love this entire book. And I, increasingly emboldened to do what I want to do with my books and with my publishing company, love the idea of releasing a Director’s Cut of the book, one that I prefer and that I think my true audience will prefer.
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About the Author
Teel is happily married to an English teacher and they live together in Phoenix, AZ with a cat which does not appreciate having Teel read his books aloud to it nearly as much as you probably would. While satisfied with never having to shovel the desert’s heat from his driveway, Teel is interested in experiencing more travel in his life—especially of sorts like “through time” and “to other planets,” so feel free to invite him along if you’re going.
Why offer free eBooks & podcasts?
eBookThe Lost and Not Found – Director’s Cut is available under ; to the extent possible under law, Teel McClanahan III has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to the Lost and Not Found – Director’s Cut. Believing that current Copyright law has gotten well out of hand, Teel has chosen to dedicate his works to the Public Domain ten years after initial publication, rather than to continue to restrict their use until seventy years after his own death.
If you can afford to pay $2.99, you have your choice of eBookstores and eReaders, including (but not limited to) the following:
- Directly from the author: Download the eBook
- Barnes & Noble
The FREE eBook edition is currently available in the following formats (updated September 2013):
- on the web (HTML/weblit/blog)
- PDF, 5×8″ (same as paperback)
- PDF, 8.5×11″
- .mobi, for kindle
- .lrf, for Sony Reader (only via Smashwords)
- .pdb, for Palm devices (only via Smashwords)
AudiobookThe Audio version of the Lost and Not Found – Director’s Cut was recorded in 2008 and 2010, and was podcast both on the Modern Evil Podcast and on Podiobooks.com in 6 parts. The MP3 Audiobook version contains the same basic recordings, but without intro/outro on every file.
The MP3 Audiobook version is available exclusively as a digital download at this time. You can buy the audiobook from Audible, or if you buy it directly from the author you can get the MP3 Audiobook without DRM; though considering the free podcast version is still available, your respect in not re-distributing the provided ZIP file is appreciated: Download the Audiobook
If you cannot afford to pay for the audiobook, please enjoy the podcast version. The following is a list of links to all episodes of Time, emiT, and Time Again on the Modern Evil Podcast:
- Episode 1 – In which the main character, fed up with life in the mundane, workaday world he’d been trying to fit into, steps of of a plane in mid-air, returns to a Never-never Land not much changed since his childhood adventures there, then has an emotional reunion with Tink.
- Episode 2 – In which the main character convinces Tink to leave Never-never Land with him, they happen upon the villages of Titana and Old Titana along their way, then continue on until they reach Haven, find an Inn, and get a room to sleep in.
- Episode 3 – In which the main character and Tink wake up refreshed, eat an elaborate breakfast, take a magical bath, select clothes from an overwhelming array in their room’s closet, exchange introductions with Trunk, the two-headed innkeeper, and then head to Haven’s old museum.
- Episode 4 – In which the main character and Tink explore the mind-bending, magical, and time-bending works in Haven’s old museum, get engaged, and find themselves surrounded at their engagement party by friends and neighbors they didn’t yet know they had.
- Episode 5 – In which a powerful entity rewrites the world and its history, leaving only the wonderful, creative, imaginative, and magical behind, erasing and replacing all else, and in which -ten years later, after years of love and happiness and success and creativity- Tink and the main character leave Haven and come across the flying city of Skythia.
- Episode 6 – In which the main character and Tink are escorted through Skythia’s Great Museum by Paul, Skythia’s mayor, spend a romantic evening in an awesome room, then get dressed up and head to Skythia’s best restaurant to celebrate their 9th Anniversary, deciding to give living in Skythia a chance.
Original Cover Art
|‘Love Takes Flight’
acrylic on canvas
This painting was designed and painted specifically to create the cover of the Lost and Not Found – Director’s Cut. See more of Teel’s original artwork at wretched creature.